Monday, April 30, 2007

Brazil and Independence

“...Before the continental networks of reinforced-concrete highways commenced half a century ago, human civilization, as seen from a low-flying air plane, was always strung out along the brooks, rivers, ponds, lakes, seas and ocean fronts. Vast real estate developments and their underground- hidden, long-distance pipelines now tend to obscure this absolute dependence of humans upon water...” - R. Buckminster Fuller, Critical Path

"…The Amazonian basin, where ten of the twenty largest rivers in the world are to be found ... represents one fifth of the entire fresh water reserves of the planet…" - Brazilian Government’s Ministry of External Affairs, 2002


While fresh water gets increasingly scarce, about 20% of the world's fresh water supply exists in the Amazon basin. Brazil is independent in energy as a result of the use of hydro electricity. And in April 2006 it declared itself independent from oil from the Middle East as a result of domestic exploitation of oil and the use of bio fuel. Even the uranium for Brazil's only commercial nuclear plant is won within its countries borders. Brazil is also independent in food production, and it has proven to be independent intellectually in the field of intellectual property in relation to her social and economic development.

Brazil is in all senses a country that can define its own agenda, and can therefore have a leading role in sustainable development. Time will tell if Brazil will be able to cash such a future, so it will no longer be the country that Stefan Zweig once described: 'The land of the future, and it will always be...'

1 comment:

Karla said...

Brazil is unique for its richness of nature, culture, economy and history. This lends the country a Wonderland quality, with countless tourist attractions, and diversity as its main instrument to fulfill this potential. Beaches, forests, mountains, rivers, festivals, diversified cuisine, national parks, wonderful Brazil property and historical towns are scattered among 26 states and the Federal District, where the Capital, Brasília, is located.
This racial mixture has generated a nation of happy, sharing people, a country where all come together under their differences and diversity, in an environment of peaceful coexistence. Brazil is indeed, a country for everyone. In addition, its economic growth allied to the country’s strategic position in the South American makes it a focal point for attracting technical, commercial and social events, which in conjunction with the leisure options, define Brazil as a special country, with such a plethora of travel opportunities on offer.